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Reading Steinbeck in Eastern Europe /
Danica Čerče.
imprint
Lanham : University Press of America, c2011.
description
xiv, 129 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0761856250, 9780761856252
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imprint
Lanham : University Press of America, c2011.
isbn
0761856250
9780761856252
abstract
"Reading John Steinbeck in Eastern Europe explores the injustice toward Steinbeck's works in Eastern European countries in the period of communist regimes. Assessed through an ideological lens, their value was in their usefulness to the oppressive social and political mindset, which they undoubtedly served-not only The Grapes of Wrath, with its agenda of social solutions, but also works that clearly indicate that Steinbeck was venturing into new themes and forms. By taking up various avenues of approach and moving adroitly between the study of Steinbeck criticism, translations, literary influences, textual analyses of specific works and various theoretical questions-while illuminating that the most compelling rationale for reading Steinbeck's works is their universal relevance, not the presence or lack of ideological structures in them"--Back cover.
catalogue key
8393600
 
Includes bibliographic references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Danica Cerce is an assistant professor of literature in English at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Iler Steinbeck publications include Pripowdnitvo Johna Steinbecka (The Narrative Prose of John Steinbeck), numerous articles in academic journals, book chapters, and translations into Slovene. Her other research areas are Australian literature of social realism, contemporary Australian Indigenous literature, and Slovene literature.
Reviews
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Cerce, a brilliant torchbearer in Steinbeck studies in Slovenia. discloses her unique insight and analyzes [Steinbeck's works] to find out, beyond ideology, the writer's profound feelings of empathy, compassion and love to the humankind.
Cerce's contributions to the world of Steinbeck scholarship have been significant….This book is a most welcome continuation of this insightful author's views on Steinbeck. I recommend it with enthusiasm.
Cerce's contributions to the world of Steinbeck scholarship have been significant .This book is a most welcome continuation of this insightful author's views on Steinbeck. I recommend it with enthusiasm.
Cerce brings in her study a very serious critical attention to John Steinbeck's fiction and discusses it with intelligent conciseness. She throws light on many ethical questions that appear in his works…provid[ing] a relevant commentary on the aesthetic value of Steinbeck's novels and explain[ing]why they have been so popular among our readers.
Cerce, a brilliant torchbearer in Steinbeck studies in Slovenia.…discloses her unique insight…and analyzes [Steinbeck's works] to find out, beyond ideology, the writer's profound feelings of empathy, compassion and love to the humankind.
Cerce brings in her study a very serious critical attention to John Steinbeck's fiction and discusses it with intelligent conciseness. She throws light on many ethical questions that appear in his works provid[ing] a relevant commentary on the aesthetic value of Steinbeck's novels and explain[ing]why they have been so popular among our readers.
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Summaries
Long Description
Reading Steinbeck in Eastern Europe explores the injustice toward Steinbeck's works in Eastern European countries in the period of communist regimes. Assessed through an ideological lens, their value was in their usefulness to the oppressive social and political mindset, which they undoubtedly served-not only The Grapes of Wrath, with its agenda of social solutions, but also works that clearly indicate that Steinbeck was venturing into new themes and forms. By taking up various avenues of approach and moving adroitly between the study of Steinbeck criticism, translations, literary influences, textual analyses of specific works and various theoretical questions-while illuminating that the most compelling rationale for reading Steinbeck's works is their universal relevance, not the presence or lack of ideological structures in them-Reading Steinbeck in Eastern Europe is an interesting record of past perceptions, stereotypes and myths, and a testament to a new era.
Long Description
Reading John Steinbeck in Eastern Europe explores the injustice toward Steinbeck's works in Eastern European countries in the period of communist regimes. Assessed through an ideological lens, their value was in their usefulness to the oppressive social and political mindset, which they undoubtedly served-not only The Grapes of Wrath, with its agenda of social solutions, but also works that clearly indicate that Steinbeck was venturing into new themes and forms. By taking up various avenues of approach and moving adroitly between the study of Steinbeck criticism, translations, literary influences, textual analyses of specific works and various theoretical questions-while illuminating that the most compelling rationale for reading Steinbeck's works is their universal relevance, not the presence or lack of ideological structures in them-Reading John Steinbeck in Eastern Europe is an interesting record of past perceptions, stereotypes and myths, and a testament to a new era.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Steinbeck and Eastern Europep. 1
A Political Reading of Steinbeck's Works in Eastern Europep. 3
Steinbeck in the Slovene Cultural Arena: An Overview of Steinbeck Criticismp. 9
Steinbeck's Influence on Slovene Social Realismp. 25
About the Slovene Translationsp. 33
The Language of Of Mice and Men as a Challenge for a Translatorp. 45
On Specific Worksp. 53
The Grapes of Wrath as Communist Propagandap. 55
In Dubious Battle as a Lesson of Blind Commitmentp. 65
The Status of East of Eden in Slovenia and the Former Yugoslaviap. 73
A Comparative Reading of John Steinbeck and Frank Hardyp. 85
Between Admiration and Rejection: On the Parallels between Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath and Hardy's Power without Gloryp. 87
The Portrayal of Otherness in Steinbeck's Tortilla Flat and Hardy's 'Borker Stories'p. 97
Conclusionp. 107
Works Citedp. 109
A Bibliography of Works by John Steinbeckp. 119
Indexp. 123
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